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Sunday, March 29, 2015

New romantics? No, the Poldark era cared more for rich brides

Open University study finds marriage was a mercenary affair in the 18th century

It was the era when, according to popular myth, love came of age. In the 18th century, Romanticism swept Europe, colouring everything from literature and philosophy to the relationships between men and women. It was a period when marriages made for practical considerations gave way to the feelings of the heart, an outpouring of emotion captured in epic period dramas such as Poldark.

But research suggests this commonly held view greatly over-romanticises the past. Far from being the period when love bloomed, the 18th century was a mercenary time in which many men married not out of love but to get their hands on a woman’s wealth.

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